The Human Right to Water vs the Rights of Water?

Date/Time: 23 August 2022, 12:30-13:30
Venue: Kulturhuset

This roundtable brings together researchers from two projects, both focusing on water rights, but from very different perspectives. Elevating water rights to human rights takes as its point of departure water as a fundamental human need and analyses the value of human rights protection for securing marginalized people access to adequate water resources. The Riverine Rights project on the other hand, focuses on rivers themselves and their rights. Both sets of water rights are increasingly protected by constitutions and courts across the globe and a discussion between the two projects – both comparative and cross regional – will bring out the intersections, complementarities, and tensions between the two approaches to water rights.

Participants include: John McNeish, Arkaja Singh, Catalina Vallejo and Evelyn Villareal
Moderator: Bruce Wilson

Elevating water rights to human rights is a CMI/LawTransform project (RCN grant 2017-22). Riverine Rights is based at OsloMet (RCN grant 2020-23). The event marks the publication of Villareal & Wilson’s book El agua como derecho humano: Reconocimientos y disputas en Costa Rica (Water as a Human Right: Recognitions & Disputes in Costa Rica) and the Special Issue Water and Sanitation as Human Rights: Have They Strengthened Marginalised Peoples’ Claim for Access?(Water 2021, Brinks, Singh and Wilson eds.